The Panola County Commissioners Court voted on Tuesday to move forward with negotiations for design and construction management services of a proposed new county auxiliary building with Marshall of Flowers and Associates, Architects .
The decision came after commissioners opened and scored the county’s only two Request for Qualifications (RFQ) submissions on the project. The other offer came from Longview-based KSA Engineering.
Flowers and Associates edged KSA by one point on the court’s scoring process. The Marshall firm scored 95 points out of a possible 100, while KSA had 94 points.
Scoring was based on experience, references, proof of accessibility to the construction site when needed by the county, and proof of financial stability.
The motion to move forward in negotiating and possibly entering into a contract with Flowers at “a fair and reasonable price, as required by law,” came from Pct. 4 Commissioner Dale LaGrone, with a second by Billy Alexander, Pct. 1.
Panola County Judge David Anderson acknowledged how tight the score was. He said negotiations with Flowers and Associates should be in place soon.
“If I can’t reach an agreement with them, I will start negotiations with you,” Anderson told the Saudi representative attending the meeting.
Anderson said that depending on the agenda for the meeting, the court could have chosen to hold a closed executive session on the matter, but he saw no reason to hold discussions behind closed doors.
The commissioners did not make a decision on an agenda item regarding the potential purchase of land in Carthage located west of the Panola County Detention Center. Instead, they opted to continue researching the issue and reconsider at a later date.
The court unanimously approved permission to post “No Thru Truck” signs on County Road 3203 in Precinct 3. Commissioner Craig Lawless said the reason for the request was simple.
“It ends in a graveyard, but for some reason trucks come down there and turn around,” he said. “We need to take the trucks” off the road to avoid unnecessary road wear.
In other cases, Commissioners:
Approved the only bid received for a three-quarter ton crew cab truck for use by Pct. 4 road and bridge in the amount of $64,972 from Wright Chrysler Jeep.
Held a public hearing on the previously proposed county budget and tax rate for fiscal year 2023 with no comments received. The court then adopted the tax rate of 0.45926 cents per $100 of property assessment.
Salaries of approved elected officials.
Approved a submission form used to solicit the purchase of food for the Panola County Detention Center.
Reappointed Sidney Burns for another two-year term on the Community Healthcore Board of Directors for a term ending August 31, 2024.
Approved a lease agreement between Bryan H. Krumpeleck and the county for dirt for Pct. 4 Direction des Ponts et Chaussées.
Approval of a budget for the County Title IV-E Child Protective Services contract between the county and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
Held a public hearing and adopted the Panola County Clerk’s plan for the preservation of records.